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Synonyms for smother
ˈsmʌð ərsmoth·er

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. smother

    cool, extinguish, put out, stifle, subdue

    blaze, brand, burn, cauterize, char, consume, cremate, flame, flash, ignite, incinerate, kindle, scorch, set fire to, set on fire, singe

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. smother

    suffocate, stifle, repress, gag, conceal, suppress, choke, strangle, allay, swallow

    fan, ventilate, foster, cherish, nurture, publish, promulgate, divulge, spread, excite, vent

Princeton's WordNet

  1. clutter, jumble, muddle, fuddle, mare's nest, welter, smothernoun

    a confused multitude of things

    hole, jam, fuddle, jumbal, clutter, mare's nest, muddle, mess, patchwork, hodgepodge, pickle, fix, jumble, kettle of fish, welter

  2. smotherverb

    a stifling cloud of smoke

    fuddle, jumble, clutter, mare's nest, welter, muddle

  3. smother, surroundverb

    envelop completely

    "smother the meat in gravy"

    fence, muffle, surround, palisade, stifle, asphyxiate, skirt, circumvent, wall, repress, border, put out, fence in, besiege, suffocate, ring, strangle, beleaguer, hem in, environ

  4. smother, asphyxiate, suffocateverb

    deprive of oxygen and prevent from breathing

    "Othello smothered Desdemona with a pillow"; "The child suffocated herself with a plastic bag that the parents had left on the floor"

    choke, stifle, suffocate, asphyxiate, put out, strangle, repress, surround, muffle, gag

  5. smother, stifle, strangle, muffle, repressverb

    conceal or hide

    "smother a yawn"; "muffle one's anger"; "strangle a yawn"

    keep down, cramp, muffle, surround, quash, halter, suppress, asphyxiate, subjugate, gag, mute, strangulate, throttle, reduce, hamper, repress, put out, damp, suffocate, dull, choke, stifle, dampen, tone down, strangle, subdue

  6. smotherverb

    form an impenetrable cover over

    "the butter cream smothered the cake"

    stifle, suffocate, asphyxiate, put out, strangle, repress, surround, muffle

  7. smother, put outverb

    deprive of the oxygen necessary for combustion

    "smother fires"

    discommode, muffle, surround, anesthetise, asphyxiate, anaesthetize, issue, inconvenience, anesthetize, hold out, retire, exsert, put under, repress, release, stretch out, put out, bother, extend, incommode, disoblige, suffocate, publish, stifle, trouble, douse, bring out, stretch forth, strangle, anaesthetise

Editors Contribution

  1. choke (verb)

    obstruct one’s throat

    she choked on a tiny fish bone

    Submitted by erhnice on July 28, 2019  
  2. choke back (verb)

    fail to control one’s emotions

    they choked back tears (feelings; anger; disappointment, etc.)

    Submitted by erhnice on July 28, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. smotherverb

    stifle, suffocate, choke

  2. smotherverb

    suppress, repress, conceal, keep back, keep down

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. smotherverb

    suffocate, stifle, extinguish, repress, suppress, smolder

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "smother":

    stifle, suffocate, choke, nip, strangle, muffle

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How to use smother in a sentence?

  1. Dr. Felice Leonardo Buscaglia:

    Don't smother each other. No one can grow in the shade.

  2. Leonard Hand:

    Heretics have been hated from the beginning of recorded time; they have been ostracized, exiled, tortured, maimed and butchered; but it has generally proved impossible to smother them; and when it has not, the society that has succeeded has always declined.

  3. Ted Cruz:

    My approach, much to the frustration of media, is to bear hug both of them and smother them with love, i believe that gravity will bring both of those candidates down. I think the lion share of their supporters will come to us.

  4. Margaret Chan:

    We are scaling up our action, We must smother this little fire before it gets out of control.

  5. Joshua Crosier:

    crime is like a fire you must smother it before it gets out of hand

Translations for smother

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  • asfixiarCatalan, Valencian
  • ersticken, unterdrücken, dämpfenGerman
  • καταπνίγω, πνίγομαι, πνίγωGreek
  • apagar, reprimir, sofocarSpanish
  • tukahtua, tukahduttaa, kyteä, tukehduttaa, tukehtuaFinnish
  • étoufferFrench
  • megfojtHungarian
  • affogare, estinguere, nascondere, asfissiare, ricoprire, ridurre, reprimere, spegnere, rallentare, soffocare, colmareItalian
  • tāmou, tātāmi, tāmiMāori
  • temperen, uitdoven, stikkenDutch
  • udusić, dusić, przydusić, zdusićPolish
  • потушить, задыхаться, задушить, тушить, душить, задохнуться, тлетьRussian
  • kväva, kvävas, dämpaSwedish

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